The Bobbie Burns

March 3, 2015 · 1 comment

Bobbie Burns

The “wintry mix” of snow and rain is falling hard outside my window, so it’s time for another kind of wintry mix –a Scotch-based cocktail called the Bobbie Burns.  Scotch whiskey has a following of purists who prefer to drink it “neat,” or maybe with a single cube of ice or a splash of water. The reason for this, of course, has to be the unique and complex flavors of many single malt Scotches that don’t, and shouldn’t, play well with other spirits. [click to continue…]

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Heart Cookie Main

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Onion Chicken Main

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